Technical Manager

  • This position is based in Richmond, Indiana and the incumbent must be based in Richmond, Indiana by Q4/2024.
  • The anticipated start date for this position is mid-2024 and will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
  • A relocation package is available.
  • Work schedule:
    • Monday to Friday.
    • Regular overtime and evening/weekend support as required.


Company Overview

Liberation Labs is developing a global network of fit-for-purpose precision fermentation manufacturing facilities. We build the critical infrastructure needed to produce novel bioproducts at a scale and a cost structure that enables the broader precision fermentation market. Together with our customers and partners, we use our innovative thinking and passion for manufacturing to make everyday products more affordable and more accessible. We believe that precision fermentation can unlock solutions that have real and lasting impact on the future of sustainability.


Our first facility in Richmond, Indiana is currently under construction with an anticipated start-up in Q4 of 2024.


Our Purpose: Unlock the promise of biotech by commercializing the foods, materials, and other bioproducts of the future – today.


Our Vision: Become the preferred creation partner for the biology revolution trusted to deliver and constantly advance the manufacturing processes of the industry.


Our Mission: Design, build and operate a purpose-built precision fermentation platform with global reach so that visionaries can be entirely focused on advancing the potential of biology.


What we offer:

Liberation Labs is committed to providing exciting career and growth opportunities in an environment that values trust, respect, openness, teamwork, creativity, enthusiasm, and diligence. We strive to create a culture where everyone feels they have an equal opportunity to reach their potential and is accepted and appreciated for who they are and what they bring to Liberation Labs.


Liberation Labs provides competitive compensation, generous PTO, and comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid parental leave, and more.  Employees participate in the company’s success through annual performance compensation incentives as well as the ESOP (employee share option program).


Join us as the Technical Manager

Reporting to the Site Director, you will oversee all technical aspects of the Richmond facility, including technology transfer, process optimization, lab operations, and small on-site capital projects. As the technical leader for the facility, you have deep experience across a range of products and technical disciplines with a focus in fermentation and biotechnology. You enable your team to execute effectively and autonomously in their areas.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage all technical areas of the facility, including:
    • Technology transfer and new customer onboarding
    • Laboratory operations (both fermentation and analytical) and quality control
    • Process performance analysis and continuous process improvement
    • Small on-site capital projects (typically <$50k)
  • Develop the facility’s technology transfer plan and onboarding of new customers with support from corporate process engineering
  • Assess proposed changes in manufacturing processes through appropriate review of documentation and testing results
  • Help drive innovation, process optimization, and the implementation of continuous improvement projects
  • Perform trend and root cause failure analysis for issues that affect product quality and reliability
  • Oversee lab operations, including the fermentation lab, media preparation, analytical lab, and the quality control lab
  • Communicate effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Serve as plant technical liaison to other departments within the site and other business units within the company
  • Help maintain a positive and respectful culture among employees at the site
  • Complete other duties as required


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or a relevant scientific field.
  • 8+ years’ experience working in a manufacturing facility in a similar technical role.
  • Previous experience in biotechnology, specifically fermentation, is required.
  • Strong communication, leadership, and technical abilities are required.
  • Working knowledge of quality processes and regulatory standards relevant to biotechnology is required.
  • Experience with tangential flow filtration, evaporation, and spray-drying is preferred.
  • Candidate must be able to work out of our Richmond, Indiana facility on a full-time basis by Q4/2024
  • Self-driven, collaborative, and results oriented
  • Resilient and enjoys the challenges and rewards of working for a start-up; prior experience in a start-up environment is an asset


Equal Opportunity Employer

Liberation Labs is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive considerations for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, veteran status, and any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws.